Articles written by: Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith has had a passion for cars since he began working at his grandfather's gas station at the age 10. After graduating from Iowa State University with a journalism degree in 1978, he combined his two passions: cars and writing. Smith began writing for Car Craft magazine in 1979 and became editor in 1984. In 1987, he assumed the role of editor for Hot Rod magazine before returning to his first love of writing technical stories. Since 2003, Jeff has held various positions at Car Craft (including editor), has written books on small block Chevy performance, and even cultivated an impressive collection of 1965 and 1966 Chevelles. Now he serves as a regular contributor to OnAllCylinders.

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Swapping a 4.8L LS into a 1955 Chevrolet
Q&A / Tech

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Swapping a 4.8L LS into a 1955 Chevrolet

I have a ’55 Chevy that was my dad’s and now it has come to me. The car has a very tired 283 small-block in it with a TH-350 trans. […]

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Crate Engine or Junkyard Rebuild for a First-Time Engine Build?
Q&A / Tech

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Crate Engine or Junkyard Rebuild for a First-Time Engine Build?

I have a ’72 Ford pickup that I’m slowly upgrading. It was originally a 6-cylinder truck and still has the original automatic I want to build this truck as a […]

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Rotor Phasing and How it Relates to Aftermarket EFI Systems
Q&A / Tech

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Rotor Phasing and How it Relates to Aftermarket EFI Systems

If I’m using timing control on my FiTech EFI, why do I need to buy the adjustable MSD rotor? Can’t I just lock out the distributor and then ensure the […]

Here’s our engine test stand fully assembled with a few options that make it great for running both carbureted and fuel injected engines. We expect we will be very popular now with all our friends – and even perhaps with people we’ve not met yet once the word gets out.
Parts / Product Profiles

Take a Stand! Building Summit Racing’s Engine Test Stand

If you build engines, even just for fun, this has probably happened to you. The engine is fully assembled and you’ve bolted it in the car. As soon as the […]

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: How to Upgrade the Capacity of Your Existing Shop Compressor
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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: How to Upgrade the Capacity of Your Existing Shop Compressor

This is a little different question but maybe you can help me with it. I have a small oil-free, 115-volt air compressor with a 20 gallon tank. It will make […]

This is a cam and crank gear layout just to put all this gear talk into perspective. The cam gear (top) will always have twice as many teeth as the crank gear (bottom) so that the cam spins at half engine speed.
Q&A / Tech

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Choosing an Optimal Camshaft and Ignition Timing for Double Hump Heads

This is directed to Jeff Smith – great article on ignition timing.  I have a few questions.   My problem is I can’t seem to get the timing right with either the initial or […]

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Waking a Stock Small Block with Simple Bolt-Ons
Q&A / Tech

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Waking a Stock Small Block with Simple Bolt-Ons

I have a 302-cubic-inch small block Ford engine that I’ve inherited from a friend. It’s an older carbureted engine that I think is stock – it still has a 2-barrel carburetor. […]

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: How and Why Camshaft Manufacturers Grind Advance Into Camshafts
Q&A / Tech / Tech Articles

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: How and Why Camshaft Manufacturers Grind Advance Into Camshafts

I’ve read something about camshafts that some cam companies grind advance into the camshaft. I thought that you could only advance the cam once it was installed in the engine? […]

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Can I Use a Big Block Oil Pump on a Small Block Chevy?
Q&A / Tech

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Can I Use a Big Block Oil Pump on a Small Block Chevy?

A friend of mine suggested using a big-block oil pump on my small-block Chevy in order to get smoother flow and more volume with a stock volume pump? Will that […]

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: How to Set Preload on Hydraulic Lifters — and Why It’s Important!
How Tos / Tech

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: How to Set Preload on Hydraulic Lifters — and Why It’s Important!

I just installed a new cam in my small block Chevy. The engine runs great, but I’ve noticed that at idle and at some cruising speeds the engine makes a […]